Tourist attacked by javelina files lawsuit against museum

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TUCSON - A tourist from the Netherlands who was attacked by a javelina at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has taken the first step to filing a lawsuit against the Tucson facility and Pima County taxpayers.

Rene Zegerius filed a claim for $400,000 over last summer's attack.

Zegerius was visiting Tucson with his family and was attacked by the javelina as he stood along a path inside the museum grounds.

The animal tore muscle and nerves and severed veins and arteries in his right calf and left hand.

He spent eight days in a hospital, and says he lost money on hotel and travel reservations. Medical expenses came to $70,000, and a last-minute ticket back to the Netherlands cost more than $15,000.

Robert Edison, the museum's executive director, says he's certain the javelina that attacked Zegerius did not belong to the museum.